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UFO in Seaside Heights

This is one of the great photographs that the late Leonard Ipri provided me when I was writing my book, but it couldn’t be included due to the page limitation guidelines I had to follow. The red, white, and blue UFO was serving as the Borough of Seaside Heights Information Center when the photo was taken.  The Information Center was located at the municipal parking lot on the west side of town between Sumner and Webster Avenues.  My grandmother, Margaret Brennan, and local resident/family friend Rita Ipri worked at the Information Center before it was closed in the late 1980s to make way for a more modern facility.  Prior to its “official” public service, the UFO was also used as a bank and as an amusement attraction in the 1970s/1980s.  I vaguely recall that the attraction was named “Jaws” (or something like that) based on the 1975 Steven Spielberg directed movie. The feature was a pool of water in the main section of the UFO that concealed a mechanical shark that popped out of the water upon unsuspecting visitors.